Sky team rider Ian Stannard of Britain crosses the finish line to win the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad cycling race ahead of Quick Step team rider Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands in Ghent February 28, 2015.    REUTERS/Eric Vidal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Briton Ian Stannard won the first classic one-day race of the season when he beat three Etixx-Quick Step riders in a tense finale to the Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. The Team Sky rider, who also won the race last year, was part of a four-man breakaway with Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenberg 43-km from the end. Boonen and Terpstra attacked one after another but Stannard could not be dropped. The 27-year-old Englishman, whose 2014 season was plagued by injury, beat Terpstra in the final sprint to wrap up a flawless ride. ...

Posted: February 28, 2015, 5:29 pm
The Astana team of Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali appears set to lose its license to compete this year, at the request of the UCI. An audit by the Institute of Sport Sciences at the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) into Astana's management of anti-doping measures found ''a big difference'' between what the team was doing and what it promised to do, world cycling's governing body said on Friday. The UCI said there were ''compelling grounds'' to refer the issue to the licensing commission, and request that Kazakhstan government-backed Astana be stripped of its Pro Team license, which guarantees entry to top stage races and one-day classics. Astana was awarded a license in December, but only on probation after five senior and development squad riders, including brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy, were caught doping with EPO and steroids since August.
Posted: February 27, 2015, 10:25 pm
(Adds background) PARIS, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) wants the sport's licencing commission to strip the Astana team of their elite status after an investigation into doping, the ruling body said on Friday. Kazakhstan-based Astana, whose team includes Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, were only granted their World Tour licence for 2015 "under probation". "After careful review of this extensive report, the UCI strongly believes that it contains compelling grounds to refer the matter to the Licence Commission and request the Astana Pro Team licence be withdrawn," the statement said.
Posted: February 27, 2015, 11:05 am
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine former national track champion Sebastian Cancio has died two weeks after going into hospital suffering from dehydration and sun stroke after a race, local media reported on Monday. The 36-year-old, 10 times Argentine champion in various track events and winner of the 2005 Tour of Mendoza, had health problems since failing to recover properly from hepatitis two years ago, his family told the state newsagency Telam. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; editing by Justin Palmer)
Posted: February 23, 2015, 7:17 pm
MASTERTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Tayler Wiles led an American sweep at the Tour of New Zealand on Sunday, holding off Megan Guarnier and Evelyn Stevens to win the five-stage women's road race.
Posted: February 22, 2015, 7:19 pm

Annette Edmondson of Australia, celebrates her win after the final of theWomen's Omnium at the Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Annette Edmondson of Australia won gold Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands won silver and Laura Trott of Great Britain won bronze. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) -- Sprint great Anna Meares became the most successful female track cyclist in history with 11 world titles after claiming the gold medal in keirin at the track cycling world championships on Sunday. The 31-year-old double Olympic champion added a 26th medal to her impressive collection on the final day of competition at the Velodrome National as she beat Frenchwoman Felicia Ballanger's record of 10 world golds. Meares' gold medal capped a successful day for Australia after Annette Edmondson claimed a second gold medal with a victory in the omnium. Trott ended 16 points behind Edmondson and edged Dutch sprinter Kirsten Wild, the scratch race world champion, by just one point.

Posted: February 22, 2015, 5:15 pm
ALHAURIN DE LA TORRE, Spain (AP) -- Chris Froome of Sky held off Alberto Contador to win the Andalucia Vuelta on Sunday, to mark the start of the season with a victory over one of his direct rivals for the upcoming grand tours.
Posted: February 22, 2015, 4:57 pm

Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the final of the Women's Scratch 10 km race at the Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) -- Stefan Kueng staged a stunning comeback to upset world-record holder Jack Bobridge and win the men's individual pursuit final at the track cycling world championships on Saturday. Kueng, the European Under-23 champion in the road race and time trial, trailed the pre-race favorite by three seconds at the 2,000-meter halfway mark, but Bobridge, the Australian who failed in his attempt at the hour record this year, cracked in the closing stages. The Swiss rider, who is regarded as the natural heir to four-time time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara, claimed his biggest prize yet. Earlier, Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands used an impressive burst of power to win the women's scratch race.

Posted: February 21, 2015, 11:08 pm

Francois Pervis of France reacts after winning the Men's 1km Time Trial final at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris, February 20, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

By Julien Pretot ST QUENTIN EN YVELINES, France (Reuters) - Francois Pervis showed he has no equal when it comes to racing over one kilometre as he became the first rider in 14 years to scoop a hat-trick of time trial titles at the track cycling world championships on Friday. A day after successfully defending his keirin title, Pervis held off his challengers by a whisker to pick up his third successive time trial gold. The 30-year-old, who holds the world record in 56.303, was just above the one-minute barrier, clocking 1:00.207 to beat German Joachim Eilers by 0.087 second. Matthew Archibald of New Zealand took the bronze in 1:00.470.

Posted: February 20, 2015, 10:38 pm

Francois Pervis of France compete during the final of the Men's 1Km Time Trail race at the Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Francois Pervis of France won gold, Joachim Eilers of Germany won silver and Matthew Archibal of New Zealand won bronze. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)(AP Photo/Michel Euler)

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) -- Frenchman Francois Pervis successfully defended his 1-kilometer time trial title to claim a second gold medal in as many days at the track cycling worlds on Friday. Pervis, who also retained his keirin title on Thursday at the Velodrome National, won in 1 minute 0.207 seconds ahead of German Joachim Eilers to give France its third gold of these world championships after the men's team sprint on the opening day of competition. Eilers finished in 1:00.294 to edge Matthew Archibald of New Zealand, who took bronze in 1:00.470. Former triathlete Rebecca Wiasak of Australia won the women's individual pursuit by defeating Jennifer Valente of the United States in the final, and Artur Ershov of Russia won the men's 40-kilometer points race.

Posted: February 20, 2015, 10:17 pm

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